Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – October 7 2012

18TH Sunday after Pentecost: Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

Welcome to Holy Archangels Orthodox Church (OCA)! We’re glad to have you worshipping the Holy Trinity with us! If you are new or are worshiping with us for the first time, please introduce yourself to our priest, Fr. Robert Miclean, after the service.

“What shall I render to the Lord for all His bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the Name of the Lord” (Psalm 115:3-4 LXX). This was King David’s response as he considered God’s mercy and love for Him, His forgiveness and longsuffering. The Church would have us consider now what each of us would render (give) back to God from all that He has given to us. St. Paul challenges us in today’s Epistle to see this opportunity as a ‘spiritual investment,’ reminding us of this common sense truth: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (II Cor. 9:6). Many of us in this economy are concerned about our finances and financial well-being, but do we share at least an equal concern about the spiritual investment we make every day with regard to our life in Christ? Are we building up treasure in heaven? At this time of year, churches around the country are inviting their faithful to consider what they will render to the Lord in 2013 for all the bounty that He has given us. What are you thankful for in the Church? How can you use your gifts and talents, time, and treasure not only to cooperate with God’s work of deification in your own life, but to help build up this Mission and His Church as a whole as well?

In Christ’s love and blessing, Fr. Robert+

This week at Holy Archangels:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m., Daily Vespers, Confession offered; 7:30 p.m., Continuing Bible Study on the Gospel of St. John, Location: St. John’s Boathouse.
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 6:00, Great Vespers with the Matins Gospel. Confession following.
  • Sunday, Oct. 14, 9:30 Hours and Divine Liturgy followed by Trapeza.

Looking Ahead: Save the Dates!

  • Oct. 17-20, Fr. Robert and family are moving to Annapolis. Help is needed! Please contact Fr. Robert by phone or email if you can volunteer. Sign up at entrance table.
  • Nov. 7-8, Holy Archangels Patronal Feast celebrations. Wed., Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m., Great Vespers with Litya followed by dinner ($25 donation requested per person, children 10 and under free). Fr. John Parker speaks during dinner. Thurs., Nov. 8, Divine Liturgy of the Feast with baptism of James (Iacob) Robert Miclean; festive trapeza follows.

Prayer Requests:

  • Please pray for Azariah (Brian) as he looks for a teaching position.
  • Please pray for our Mission that we may find a full-time Choir Director.
  • Please pray for healing for Fr. George Johnson
  • Please pray for Fr. Robert and family as they move
  • For the repose of Sharon and Terry

Troparion (Resurrection) Tone 1
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews,
while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure ^body,
You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world.
The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life:
“Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ!
Glory to Your ^Kingdom!//
Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”

Troparion (for the Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus) Tone 4
Your holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus, O Lord,
through their sufferings have received incorruptible crowns from You, our God.
For having Your strength, they laid low their adversaries,
and shattered the powerless boldness of demons.//
Through their intercessions, save our souls!

Troparion (Holy Archangels) Tone, 4
Commanders of the heavenly hosts
we who are unworthy beseech you,
by your prayers encompass us beneath the wings of your immaterial glory,
and faithfully preserve us who fall down and cry to you:
“Deliver us from all harm, for you are the commanders of the powers on high!”

Kontakion (Resurrection) Tone 1
As God, You rose from the tomb in glory,
raising the world with Yourself.
Human nature praises You as God, for death has vanished.
Adam exults, O Master!
Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage and cries to You://
“You are the Giver of Resurrection to all, O Christ!”

Kontakion (Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus) Tone 2
Having courageously confronted the Enemy,
you brought to an end to his guiles, and received from on high the crown of victory.
Illustrious martyrs, Sergius and Bacchus,
with one heart you cry aloud://
“How good and pleasant it is to dwell with God!”